OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Ross Jr.

April 30, 1924November 9, 2012

Robert "Bob" Ross, Jr. 1924 - 2012

Robert “Bob” Ross, Jr., 88 of Tallahassee, FL, passed away November 9, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Hailing from Orange, NJ, Bob was a five-foot-five-inch bundle of energy who never met a stage he didn’t like. He was a WWII naval aviator and a 1945 graduate of Dartmouth College. He built a prosperous insurance agency in Ft. Lauderdale, as owner and president of Ross, Lombard and Ballard Insurance Agency. In 1974, he moved to Tallahassee to pursue his passion as an educator for the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, where he served as Director of Education until his retirement. In the 1980s, he represented the interests of independent agents in America with the National Flood Insurance Program, and served on numerous other national insurance committees. He was considered the consummate insurance educator in America. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Mitchell Stallings award in recognition of his lifetime achievement of excellence to his fellow insurance agents. He touched the lives of thousands of business associates - many of whom became lifelong friends - through his educational pursuits. He loved God, his family and his work.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Robert and Veronica; his wife, Fleurette (Flo); and his brother, Edward.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Finnegan of Tucson AZ;, his children, daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Jim McIntyre; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Janie Ross; and daughter and son-in-law,;Sue and Jimmy Joiner of Tallahassee, daughter, Patrice Garnier and son and daughter-in-law Mark; and Mimi Ross of Atlanta. Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Jimmy, Jeffrey and Megan McIntyre; Kelley Garnier; Casey Starling Walker, Toby Starling and Jay Joiner; and his great grandchildren, Jacob and Ian Walker and Jackson Starling.

Visitation with family will be held Monday, November 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, November 13 at 11:00 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Burial services will follow immediately after the service at MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001 www.alzfdn.org or Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Joan Banner

November 16, 2012

Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people. Bob was an exceptional teacher. I learned so much though his uplifting energy and devotion to his insurance topics. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Joan Banner

November 16, 2012

"Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people." Bob was an exceptional teacher. I learned so much though his uplifting energy and devotion to his insurance topics. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Bobby Alford Family

November 14, 2012

Mark, Mimi and family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Peace be with you

Ken Stevenson

November 13, 2012

Sue,

Connie and I are so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Bob's energy and enthusiasm. When I was doing some training with him I always looked forward to visiting with him. I always felt uplifted afterwards

Dawn Goebel

November 13, 2012

I began my insurance career in 1973, right when Bob started his teachings. He was an amazing man and I am forever touched by his wisdom and love for the business.

November 13, 2012

Bobby and Janie, Our deepest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love you guys, Wayne and Christine Childs

Deb Simmons

November 12, 2012

Michele, Sue and family, my sincere sympathy. Mr. Ross was a wonderful man and I will miss his sweet kisses!

Amy Jordan

November 12, 2012

Grandpa will be missed. Comfort and peace to all of you as you grieve.

Dolph Winders

November 12, 2012

Prayers be with you Patrice during this difficult time. Dolph

Nancy Wallace Dartmouth '86

November 12, 2012

Brothers. While the shadows deepen,
While we stand here heart to heart,
Let us promise one another
In the silence ere we part.
We will make our lives successful,
We will keep our hands from shame
For the sake of dear old Dartmouth,
And the honor of her name.

I didn't know him, but he is brother. Strength to you in your time of need.